School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Built on a long and successful history, our mission is to deliver world-leading excellence in research. Today, our activity focuses on global challenges, including the environment, energy, sustainability, nanomaterials, and composites.

The School integrates world-class teaching and research with the purpose of:

  • developing skills in science, technology, management and communication, which will equip our students for professional careers in a broad range of process and manufacturing industries;
  • providing opportunities for our staff to create knowledge that contributes to solutions to the global challenges of our society.

Successful candidates will have a record of excellence which contributes to the furtherance of knowledge in their discipline and which is recognised internationally. Candidates must also have a PhD or equivalent research experience and be able to demonstrate a clear trajectory towards achievement at a higher academic level.

We are looking for candidates at Lecturer level to join the School, within the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, particularly in the following areas:

Digital Engineering

Digital Engineering, with both Aeronautical and Automotive applications, is at the heart of our research in Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, with a strong focus on simulation and modelling and the accompanying verification, validation and test.

Our simulation approaches address whole vehicle, vehicle attributes, individual systems, component level modelling, control systems and integration. We consider many different levels of fidelity, including high fidelity, highly resolved modelling, real-time models, hardware in the loop and reduced order approaches.

Applications are across all aspects of Engineering, from concept definition, design trade off, control systems and full attribute sign off. We are particularly strong in propulsion and powertrain systems, autonomous air/ground vehicles, and have a rapidly expanding activity in the electrification of transport, including, as the sole academic partner in the recently awarded £39 million APC11 grant in Virtual Vehicle Integration and Development. This breadth of capability is unique in the UK.

We are particularly interested in candidates from a range of backgrounds that can enhance our Digital Engineering research in one or more areas, for example in multi-objective optimisation, Artificial Intelligence/machine learning, decision making, sensing and perception for autonomous air and ground vehicles, systems simulation, control and integration, using digital methods. We are looking for candidates who complement our existing strengths and are prepared to collaborate across AAE, the wider university and with other partners. Candidates are welcomed from non-Aeronautical or Automotive backgrounds but must be able to demonstrate their ability to collaborate and build on our existing strengths.

Job purpose

To take a leading role in developing and enhancing the research, teaching and enterprise activities of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, in the field of Digital Engineering.

Sustainable Transport Technologies

Sustainable transport is an important area for growth within the department and this post forms part of our long-term investment in engineering research which leads to a measurable societal impact.

We are interested in candidates from a range of backgrounds and with varied approaches to sustainable transport, for example in electrochemical power systems and storage, hydrogen combustion and combustion aerodynamics, electric propulsion of aerial and ground vehicles including electric machines and power electronics, last mile/urban and personal mobility.

Candidates who can also demonstrate expertise in systems integration and control would be preferred. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate that their research complements the existing strengths of our teams and have the vision to expand our activities in this growing area of sustainable transport.

Job purpose

To take a leading role in developing and enhancing the research, teaching and enterprise activities of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering, in the field of Sustainable Transport.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries in relation to these roles please contact Dr Georgios Mavros, Head of Department. All other enquiries, especially about the application process, or online submission should be directed to

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Apply for Lecturer roles in the School of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering.

£41,526 to £49,553 per annum – subject to annual pay award. The closing date for applications is 25 April 2021.

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About the School

The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering (AAE) is one of three departments that make up the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering.

The School is highly research active, entering 98% of academic staff members in the 2014 REF and achieving a UK ranking of 3rd based on research intensity (GPA x Volume). Overall, 83% of our research was rated 4*or 3*.

Research is funded by EPSRC, InnovateUK, industry, EC and QR income, amongst other sources. The Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering's research grants and contracts income is currently around £5 million per annum, and this supports a research community of nearly fifty post-doctoral research associates, seventy research students and a team of technical and administrative staff.

In both research and teaching, the Department enjoys strong industrial links that support research sponsorship and collaboration, student placement and graduate employment. Research highlights and key partnerships include:

  • Home to the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Gas Turbine Combustion and the National Centre for Combustion and Aero-thermal Technology
  • Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) funded projects with JLR, Caterpillar and Ford
  • Host to the UK Institute for Digital Engineering – UK-IDE (formerly DETC)
  • Host to the APC spoke in Digital Engineering
  • Home to the Caterpillar Innovation and Research Centre
  • Fuel Cell research and spin-outs